Gordon Richards Stakes

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Gordon Richards Stakes
Group 3 race
Location Sandown Park
Esher, England
Inaugurated 1963
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor Bet365
Website Sandown Park
Race information
Distance 1m 2f 7y (2,018 m)
Surface Turf
Track Right-handed
Qualification Four-years-old and up
Weight 9 st 0 lb
Allowances
3 lb for fillies and mares
Penalties
7 lb for Group 1 winners *
5 lb for Group 2 winners *
3 lb for Group 3 winners *
* since 31 August last year
Purse £65,000 (20017)
1st: £36,862
Gordon Richards Stakes
2017
Dark blue, light blue cross belts, diabolo on sleeves, white cap Pink, emerald green chevron, halved sleeves, pink and emerald green quartered cap Dark blue and yellow (quartered), striped sleeves
Ulysses Deauville My Dream Boat

The Gordon Richards Stakes is a Group 3 flat horse race in Great Britain open to horses aged four years or older. It is run over a distance of 1 mile, 2 furlongs and 7 yards (2,018 metres) at Sandown Park in late April.

History[edit]

The event was established in 1963, and it was originally called the Westbury Stakes. It was initially held in late May or early June.[1]

The Westbury Stakes continued to be staged in May or June until 1973. That year's edition took place at Kempton Park.[2] Its date was switched with that of the Brigadier Gerard Stakes in 1974, and from this point it was held in April.[3]

The race was given its present title in 1987. It was renamed in memory of Sir Gordon Richards, a famous jockey who died the previous year.[4]

The Gordon Richards Stakes is part of a two-day meeting which features both flat and jump races. Other events at the meeting include the Bet365 Gold Cup, the Celebration Chase, the Sandown Classic Trial and the Sandown Mile.

Records[edit]

Most successful horse (2 wins):

  • Chancellor – 2002, 2004

Leading jockey (4 wins):

  • Lester PiggottSidon (1968), Never Return (1975), Gregorian (1980), Ivano (1983)

Leading trainer (8 wins):

  • Sir Michael StouteHard Fought (1981), Dolpour (1990), Singspiel (1996), Little Rock (2000), Ask (2008), Tartan Bearer (2009), Glass Harmonium (2010), Ulysses (2017)

Winners since 1978[edit]

Year Winner Age Jockey Trainer Time
1978 Hot Grove 4 Willie Carson Fulke Johnson Houghton
1979 Sexton Blake 4 Steve Cauthen Barry Hills
1980 Gregorian 4 Lester Piggott Vincent O'Brien
1981 Hard Fought 4 Walter Swinburn Michael Stoute
1982 Princes Gate 5 Greville Starkey Harry Thomson Jones
1983 Ivano 4 Lester Piggott Henry Cecil
1984 Morcon 4 Willie Carson Dick Hern
1985 Elegant Air 4 John Matthias Ian Balding
1986 Supreme Leader 4 Philip Robinson Clive Brittain 2:19.92
1987 Allez Milord 4 Greville Starkey Guy Harwood 2:06.30
1988 Infamy 4 Ray Cochrane Luca Cumani 2:14.33
1989 Indian Skimmer 5 Steve Cauthen Henry Cecil 2:18.57
1990 Dolpour 4 Walter Swinburn Michael Stoute 2:05.24
1991 Noble Patriarch 4 John Reid John Dunlop 2:07.23
1992 Dear Doctor 5 Cash Asmussen John Hammond 2:07.42
1993 Ruby Tiger 6 Richard Quinn Paul Cole 2:12.60
1994 Scribe 4 Willie Carson John Dunlop 2:21.92
1995 Prince of Andros 5 Jason Weaver David Loder 2:09.69
1996 Singspiel 4 Frankie Dettori Michael Stoute 2:06.68
1997 Sasuru 4 Michael Hills Geoff Wragg 2:13.08
1998 Germano 5 Michael Hills Geoff Wragg 2:21.22
1999 Generous Rosi 4 Richard Quinn John Dunlop 2:13.03
2000 Little Rock 4 Kieren Fallon Sir Michael Stoute 2:20.69
2001 Island House 5 Darryll Holland Geoff Wragg 2:21.90
2002 Chancellor 4 Michael Hills Barry Hills 2:12.77
2003 Indian Creek 5 Richard Quinn David Elsworth 2:09.56
2004 Chancellor 6 Kieren Fallon John Dunlop 2:11.19
2005 Weightless 5 Johnny Murtagh Amanda Perrett 2:08.90
2006 Day Flight 5 Richard Hughes John Gosden 2:08.17
2007 Red Rocks 4 Frankie Dettori Brian Meehan 2:09.16
2008 Ask 5 Ryan Moore Sir Michael Stoute 2:10.63
2009 Tartan Bearer 4 Ryan Moore Sir Michael Stoute 2:08.65
2010 Glass Harmonium 4 Ryan Moore Sir Michael Stoute 2:08.03
2011 Kings Gambit 7 Jamie Spencer Tom Tate 2:08.01
2012 Colombian 4 William Buick John Gosden 2:24.60
2013 Al Kazeem 5 James Doyle Roger Charlton 2:10.18
2014 Noble Mission 5 James Doyle Lady Cecil 2:15.89
2015 Western Hymn 4 Frankie Dettori John Gosden 2:10.25
2016 My Dream Boat 4 Adam Kirby Clive Cox 2:13.14
2017 Ulysses 4 Andrea Atzeni Sir Michael Stoute 2:14.16

Earlier winners[edit]

  • 1963: Miralgo
  • 1964: Tacitus
  • 1965: Goupi
  • 1966: Super Sam
  • 1967: Chinwag
  • 1968: Sidon
  • 1969: Remand
  • 1970: Connaught
  • 1971: Arthur
  • 1972: Brigadier Gerard
  • 1973: Scottish Rifle 1
  • 1974: Funny Fellow / Tudor Rhythm 2
  • 1975: Never Return
  • 1976: Jolly Good
  • 1977: Lucky Wednesday

1 The 1973 running took place at Kempton Park.
2 The 1974 race was a dead-heat and has joint winners.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1963 Westbury Stakes". Glasgow Herald. 4 June 1963. Retrieved 17 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "1973 Westbury Stakes". Glasgow Herald. 28 May 1973. Retrieved 17 February 2013. 
  3. ^ "1974 Westbury Stakes". Glasgow Herald. 27 April 1974. Retrieved 17 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "Sir Gordon Richards". Glasgow Herald. 11 November 1986. Retrieved 17 February 2013. 

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